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Poll: In Memory of R. Lee Ermey

Character actor R. Lee Ermey has passed away at age 74. Ermey, who was a Marine who served in Vietnam before being medically discharged, got into acting in a round-about way, starting as a technical advisor on The Boys in Company C, Apocalypse now and An Officer and a Gentleman. He was employed as such for the film Full Metal Jacket (1987) when director Stanley Kubrick saw a tape of him verbally abusing extras and subsequently cast him in the pivotal role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. Deferring to his expertise, Kubrick even allowed Ermey to write and improvise his own lines, something Kubrick rarely allowed.

A truly bombastic performer, Ermey will be best remembered for his breakthrough in Full Metal Jacket. But which of his other most well-known roles have you enjoyed most?

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    Willem Dafoe, R. Lee Ermey, and Gene Hackman in Mississippi Burning (1988)

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    R. Lee Ermey in Fletch Lives (1989)

    Jimmy Lee Farnsworth in Fletch Lives (1989)
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    R. Lee Ermey in Toy Soldiers (1991)

    General Kramer in Toy Soldiers (1991)
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    R. Lee Ermey in Body Snatchers (1993)

    General Platt in Body Snatchers (1993)
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    R. Lee Ermey in Sommersby (1993)

    Dick Mead in Sommersby (1993)
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    R. Lee Ermey in On Deadly Ground (1994)

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    R. Lee Ermey and Celia Weston in Dead Man Walking (1995)

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    R. Lee Ermey in Murder in the First (1995)

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    R. Lee Ermey in Toy Story 2 (1999)

    Sarge in the Toy Story (1995) films
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    R. Lee Ermey in The Frighteners (1996)

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    R. Lee Ermey in Prefontaine (1997)

    Bill Bowerman in Prefontaine (1997)
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    R. Lee Ermey in Switchback (1997)

    Sheriff Buck Olmstead in Switchback (1997)
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    R. Lee Ermey in Saving Silverman (2001)

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    R. Lee Ermey in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

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    R. Lee Ermey and Crispin Glover in Willard (2003)

    Mr. Martin in Willard (2003)
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    R. Lee Ermey in Man of the House (2005)

    Captain Nichols in Man of the House (2005)
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    R. Lee Ermey in Solstice (2008)

    Leonard in Solstice (2008)
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    R. Lee Ermey in The Watch (2012)

    Manfred in The Watch (2012)